Apple patent application covers case with windscreen for Apple iPhone microphone

Apple patent application covers case with windscreen for Apple iPhone microphone
A patent application filed by Apple was unearthed on Thursday, revealing a removable case for the Apple iPhone that would include a windscreen covering for the microphone on the handset. The case itself would be made from plastic, acrylic, polycarbonate, silicon or rubber while the windscreen would be comprised of mesh, foam or a feather-type of material. The windscreen, which would be sealed into place over an opening in the case, would line up with the microphone on the iconic smartphone and would be "designed to reduce wind noise, air blasts, vocal plosives, and other noise." Additionally, the windscreen could also keep dirt, dust and moisture away from the microphone. The application noted that the case could be called a bumper, skin or cover.

Adding a windscreen to a case is a big deal for Apple whose own cases for its smartphone have traditionally been simple, rubber bumpers. When the Antennagate left-handed death grip situation started taking on a life of its own following the launch of the Apple iPhone 4, the Cupertino based tech giant sent out simple, free rubber bumpers to Apple iPhone 4 buyers. Those who want more serious protection for their Apple iPhone need to look at third party manufacturers whose cases offer everything from water and dust resistant protection, to a built in QWERTY keyboard or extra battery life.

Apple has been awarded a design patent for its Smart Cover and Smart Case that protects the front, and front and back of the Apple iPad respectively. Opening the case awakens your tablet while closing it puts the Apple iPad to sleep.

source: AppleInsider

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